The place

Maxwell Street


"Mostly everybody goes to Maxwell Street."
Robert Nighthawk. From a 1964 interview conducted by Mike Bloomfield
in connection with the making of "And This is Free. "


Maxwell Street Market, Chicago c.1875-1994

Until it was finally closed down in 1994, Chicago's Maxwell Street was the home of one of the world's largest open-air markets. It was a shopper's paradise, a junk hound's Mecca; it was a place where people from all parts of Chicago met on equal terms; it was a con man's hunting ground, a tourist's stroll; it was a place to save souls, and it was a place to play the blues.

Junior Wells talks about Maxwell Street in an interview with Tokyo-based blues writer Allan Murphy.

Where exactly was Maxwell Street Market?


The project

The music

The musicians


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For more about Maxwell Street and the blues
see these links...

Read more about the blues...a blues bibliography


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